What's next for Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks?

Arnold Nichols
April 17, 2019

Earlier this month, Wilson set a deadline of midnight Monday for the sides to reach a long-term contract.

And for good measure, Wilson also got Seattle to agree to a no-trade clause. Instead of calling his bluff, the Seahawks gave him what he asked for.

According to numerous reports, the extension with the Seahawks is worth $140 million over four years, including a $65 million signing bonus, making Wilson the highest-paid player in the National Football League.

Wilson's 2015 extension averaged $21.9 million, which at the time made him the second-highest-paid quarterback in terms of annual average below Rodgers at $22 million.

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"You're getting Russell Wilson his prime now", Danny Kanell said on Tuesday's "Off the Bench".

"For me, for my family and for (agent) Mark (Rodgers), we love Seattle, and it's the place I want to be", Wilson said via the team website.

"I'm going to see y'all in the morning", Wilson said on the video.

Wilson's contract expires at the end of this season.

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Last season, Wilson surpassed his previous career bests with 35 touchdown passes and a 110.9 passer rating.

Since taking over as the Seahawks' starting quarterback in 2012, Seattle has reached the playoffs in five of those seven seasons, and Wilson has presided over 13 postseason appearances. At $27 million a season for five years, it was quite the investment in a player who hadn't yet broken into an elite tier at his position. No other quarterback tops $30 million per year, which is probably the baseline for any deal Goff signs. This new contract just strengthens that distinction.

The 5-foot-11 Wilson threw for a career-high 35 touchdowns and matched his career low with seven interceptions. He has started all 112 games he has played for the Seahawks.

He's also been extremely durable, never missing a game while playing through significant knee, ankle and shoulder injuries. "To pay him what you were gonna have to pay him to keep him, and then having to pay Seattle to get him with these young crop of quarterbacks that are coming up this year, next year". So, I'm really proud of him and excited for him no matter what.

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